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Armond White Examines The Family Dynamics of The Jackson Family in New Book, “KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2009 by thewowjonesreport

MONDAY, December 14, 2009   by Wow Jones

Anybody see the world premiere of the new Reality Show, “The Jacksons A Family Dynasty” on A&E?  I haven’t, but interested viewers and readers might like to know that critic Armond White writes a bit about the family drama in the Jackson Family that helped shape and mold Michael Jackson.

In his book, “KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles“, critic Armond White offers different takes on the Jackson family dynamic that anyone who’s been a part of a family may be able to relate to.

In Chapter One;  Armond White writes about the competitive relationship between Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson as represented by the release of her second album CONTROL.

In Chapter Four; Armond White writes about the rivalry between Jermaine Jackson and Michael Jackson

In Chapter Seven; Armond White  writes about Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson and how the characterization of Joe Jackson in the TV movie THE JACKSONS: An American Legend, is representative of thwarted American ambition.

KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles is available for $13.00 ($10.00 for book, $3.00 for US shipping and handling) in the United States.  For more information, email:

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Inside Life Columnist VINETTE K PRYCE Writes About Critic ARMOND WHITE’s Music Video Presentation, “KEEP MOVING: Michael Jackson’s Video Art”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 4, 2009 by thewowjonesreport

 

Columnist VINETTE K PRYCE (left) talks with critic ARMOND WHITE about his Michael Jackson presentation

Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr 

December 04, 2009  by Wow Jones

Vinette K. Pryce on Armond White Presentation at Lincoln Center

You can read Vinette K. Pryce’s take on ARMOND WHITE’s music video presentation KEEP MOVING: Michael Jackson’s Video Art in the December 02, 2009 issue of the weekly newspaper CARIBBEAN LIFE.  She writes the INSIDE LIFE column for the paper.

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The Book Signing took place AFTER the KEEP MOVING: Michael Jackson’s Video Art Presentation on SUNDAY, November 22, 2009.

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KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles is available for $13.00 ($10.00 for book, $3.00 for US shipping and handling) in the United States.  For more information, email:

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Radio Personalities Imhotep Gary Byrd and Caribbean Columnist Vinette K. Pryce Talk About Armond White’s “KEEP MOVING: Michael Jackson’s Video Art” Presentation At Lincoln Center

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 4, 2009 by thewowjonesreport

 

December 04, 2009 by Wow Jones

Radio Personalities Imhotep Gary Byrd and Caribbean Columnist Vinette K. Pryce Talk About Armond White’s KEEP MOVING: Michael Jackson’s Video Art Presentation At Lincoln Center on FRIDAY, November 27th, 2009.

WBAI-FM   99.5FM

The G.B.E. Show.   (Global Black Experience)

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First, they were talking about the new FELA musical playing in New York City.  Then, they segued into Armond White’s presentation, KEEP MOVING: Michael Jackson’s Video Art

They also talked about the new Michael Jackson movie THIS IS IT.

 

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KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles is available for $13.00 ($10.00 for book, $3.00 for US shipping and handling).  For more information, email:

resistanceworkswdcATyahooDOTcom

 

 

Lincoln Center Book Signing For New Armond White Book “KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 4, 2009 by thewowjonesreport

 

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PHOTOS BY: Teofilo Colon Jr

Lincoln Center Book Signing for New Armond White Book

December 04, 2009 — by Wow Jones

KEEP MOVING : The Michael Jackson Chronicles

KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles is available for $13.00 ($10.00 for book, $3.00 for US shipping and handling).  For more information, email:

resistanceworkswdcATyahooDOTcom

NYU Book Signing for Armond White’s new book “KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 4, 2009 by thewowjonesreport

 

 

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PHOTOS BY:   Teofilo Colon Jr

December 04, 2009 — by Wow Jones

Book Signing for new book by Armond White, “KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles”.  This took place AFTER the “Remembering Michael Jackson” Panel Discussion over at the Cantor Film Center at New York University on Thursday, September 17, 2009.

Purchasers of the book include Filmmaker SPIKE LEE, DJ Spinna, and Educator Brenda Greene.

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KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles is available for $13.00 ($10.00 plus $3.00 US shipping and handling).  For more information, email:

resistanceworkswdcATyahooDOTcom

ARMOND WHITE opening remarks at “Remembering Michael Jackson” Panel Discussion at NYU

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 4, 2009 by thewowjonesreport

December 04, 2009 — by Wow Jones 

OPENING REMARKS by critic ARMOND WHITE on “Remembering Michael Jackson” Panel Discussion at NYU.

Motown Records

ARMOND WHITE’S PRESENTATION AT NYU’S ‘REMEMBERING MICHAEL JACKSON’ PANEL, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009

Copyright 2009 by Armond White

“What is the problem with Michael Jackson?” asked an Iraqi insurgent in the process of torturing Marky Mark Wahlberg of all people in the 1999 film Three Kings.

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Answer: It is the Motown Problem: The devaluing of popular art—as when POTUS belittled Jackson as merely “an entertainer.” But Jackson was an artist—with all the seriousness that appellation implies.

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The Motown Problem is that black artistry (complicated human artistry) is casually disrespected as something glib, or trying-to-be-white artistry. It’s a class and status problem that even exists today.

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Let’s briefly look back at how Michael Jackson exemplified Motown artistry in the substance of his earliest Motown hits:

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I Want You Back—a kid’s moan expressively imitates an older person’s heartache, but in its closing strains, heartache and joy combined.

 

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ABC—Bubble-gum pop, yet it’s ecstatic

 

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The Love You Save—enunciates the discourse of loving, of personal recovery, or intimate and social communion. The mention Isaac Newton, Benjamin Frankliln, Alexander Graham Bell, Christopher Columbus—acknowledges school lessons, facts of kids receiving Western indoctrination/education and applying it to their personal lives. A crucial tenet of Motown’s Civil Rights Era progressive, upwardly mobile agenda.
 

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I’ll Be There—Bring salvation back. Togetherness, it’s all I’m after.
 

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Never Can Say Goodbye—Older regret and longing in kiddie voice (“piercing me right through the core”). It’s powerful. Whether or not the 12-year-old knows what it means, every listener does.

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More than any other Motown artist, it was Michael who most successfully translated Motown’s integrationist ethic. The company’s motto: “The Sound of Young America” sounds like what Jay-Z, in the post-WWII, post Brown vs. Board of Education era, would call a “hustle.” Bu it had a purpose—not a hustle, a mission: How to speak to America by enjoining it and becoming it. Claiming it.

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Motown was not a gut bucket, deep-south sound—and the ‘60s designation of “Soul Music” was not detached from the genuine, personal expression one hears in Motown. Motown was a sound with the colors of Jacob Lawrence’s Great Migration series in it. That means it had down home rhythm and twang, but Northern pronunciation vocabulary and diction. It achieves a great American articulation. For the generations who stressed education and advancement, this Motown language and Motown ethic was success itself. Apart from whatever monetary benefits accrued.

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In “The Love You Save” Michael demonstrated that he could command the eternal entreaties of pop discourse–terms that are interchangeable whether discussing love or politics. These are terms pop artists must learn to master. And for R&B artists particularly, the Love/Save terms must also describe spiritual aspiration.
 

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This Motown idiom became Michael Jackson’s language—especially as it matured into the complicated expression of his adult pop songs recorded to address a fractious political and cultural era. It’s at the heart of “Black or White” in the assertions of fearlessness and brotherhood that should have surprised any Motown adept but should have echoed the Civil Rights Era ethics.

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Yet, MJ’s most complex enunciations occurred in the stressful hiphop era, when ideas of Blackness had been tortured into rancor and stereotype. I detail this in the KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles chapter on the Black or White music video:

“Raised in the Motown ethic of assimilate-and-accommodate, Michael Jackson means it when he preaches brotherhood in “Black or White.” Integration and racial unity are indispensable tenets for his philosophy for showbiz success partly because o the practical need for Black artist to work with white musicians, technicians, and buisness people, partly because Jackson, no doubt, believes in it. Jackson ain’t just whislin’ Dixie, to use an old phrase—in fact, he gives racial unity a modern emphasis, adding a new, shocking sincerity, to the politics of crossover.”

 

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To misunderstand MJ’s “problem” meant misunderstanding Motown because in so many inarguable ways—statistical, artistic and emotional—he had become its greatest ambassador, its greatest success story. His success spread out from obvious global recognition to a more universal acceptance of black artistry—black feelings and anxieties and aspiration.

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In the very personal music that MJ made after leaving Motown the complications of translating African American experience into universal thought and language were ever-present. Now, the Michael Jackson problem is: Who is willing to see it? Who is willing to appreciate it?

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KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles is available for $13.00 ($10.00 for book, $3.00 for US shipping and handling).  For more information, email:

resistanceworkswdcATyahooDOTcom

“Remembering Michael Jackson” Panel Discussion at NYU

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2009 by thewowjonesreport

 

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 – PHOTOS BY:    Teofilo Colon Jr 

December 04, 2009 — by Wow Jones

“Remembering Michael Jackson” Panel at NYU

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cantor Film Center at New York University

PANELISTS:

Spike Lee

Armond White

Jody Rosen

Margo Jefferson

Toure

Alan Light

Daphne A. Brooks

Harry Weinger

Moderator JASON KING

KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles is available for $13.00 ($10.00 for book, $3.00 for US shipping and handling).  For more information, email:

resistanceworkswdcATyahooDOTcom